###Update after a few weeks with the projector: -- I ended up returning it for the following reasons: 1) **The bluetooth connection is unusable.** There are two options for outputting bluetooth audio -- one is to connect an external speaker via Epson''s...
###Update after a few weeks with the projector:
-- I ended up returning it for the following reasons:
1) **The bluetooth connection is unusable.** There are two options for outputting bluetooth audio -- one is to connect an external speaker via Epson''s own overlay menu, and two, to connect via the android OS that powers the stick included with the projector. Both options result in consistent, considerable lag, regardless of the app being used, regardless of the speaker being used for output. Unusable bluetooth means that either you are happy to live with the built-in speaker (if you can hear it behind the fan, which is loud), or you have to connect an external audio jack to your speakers, or you have to use an external Roku/Fire stick or Apple TV. The problem is that all those options defeat the point of having a smart projector. You have to remove the (rather pretty) back cover and you''re left with cables/sticks poking out -- which is not great if you want to have the projector itself be permanently installed somewhere where it is visibile. For us, the difference between this projector and one of the tried-and-trusted 1080p offerings from BenQ was the fact that with this one we would be a single cable, neat set-up, or so we thought. Which leads me to issue #2...
2) Broadly speaking **the Android TV stick built-in sucks and it''s a limitation of this projector**.
I detest android at the best of times. But I think that even apologists for Google will find it hard to applaud the particular stick that comes with this projector. The App Store selection is poor. Most apps regularly malfunction. And the stick (assuming it''s the stick''s fault) cannot even handle a bluetooth connection properly. If Epson cannot invest in its own smart platform, which I understand, they would have done better by partnering with an accomplished stick manufacturer -- like Roku. But I guess Android was the cheaper option. And you get what you pay for. Epson''s OWN GOAL here is that the belly of the projector can only accommodate the Android Stick it comes with. They would literally have had a more successful product if they shipped it with a hole to fill with your own (Fire or Roku) smart stick -- provided, of course, the compartment was large enough for those alternatives.
3) **Loudness**. This thing is loud. Yes, it gets better with the "Cinema" setting. But there is no disguising that it is loud. And frankly, the "bright" setting is very much necessary unless you are able to create 100% darkness.
I would have been able to live with the sub-par Android platform and the loud fan if issue #1 had not been such a deal-breaker.
Sadly, my search for an *actually smart* projector goes on. All I want is a projector that, without additional cables, can reliably access the apps of major movie & TV vendors (including Apple TV) and output the audio via Bluetooth or Airplay in synchronized fashion. You would have thought this wouldn''t be so hard, in 2020, especially given that I''m happy to cough up a thousand bucks for it. Alas, I am yet to see any company manage that.
Original review below -- note that I had clearly spoken too soon about the bluetooth connectivity.
This is a first impressions review - I may update it after I have more weeks of use.
The 2250 is a good projector. I recommend it.
Image quality is generally on a par with the BenQ HT2150A (though the BenQ perhaps wins in on the deep blacks).
However, the Epson 2250 is rather special in 3 ways:
1) is has a useful throw ratio with lots of zoom and vertical lens shift. I find that the BenQ projectors always want to get onto the couch with you. This one instead wants to sit behind your head. It’s not as convenient as a short throw if you plan to move it daily. But for a semi-permanent installation, like mine, it is great. The lens shift is super useful, too.
2) it is compact. In fact, it fits inside the IKEA Kallax cube with enough room for ventilation.
3) it has USABLE smarts. It comes with a built in Android TV stick. Sadly you cannot replace the stick with a Roku, because the space is tight and tailored for that specific stick. Android TV is not great but it’s ok. Of course, using Google is a privacy concern and should be avoided where possible, but at least, unlike some other supposedly smart projectors on the “Aptoide” platform, this one actually works (mostly) and plenty of English-language apps are available. There is no AppleTV+ app, or at least not yet. Other apps freeze not infrequently. But Sling, Netflix, Prime, all work, the WiFi works reliably and Bluetooth seems ok too. All in all, this allows you to achieve what could be called “portable”, one-cable functionality. Just plug it into the power cord and you’re good to go.
I am giving it 4 starts instead of 5 because of a few annoyances:
1) the reliance on the android tv stick. Making the slot large enough for a Roku or Fire stick would have been much better. We don’t all want to gift our personal information to google to sell for profit.
2) it’s relatively noisy. Out of the box it comes in “bright” mode, which sends the fan to overdrive. But even on “cinema” mode, the fan is vigorous and you can hear a whiz sound as well as chirping.
3) looks. While it is compact, it is not as sleek as the “E” series like the EF11 for example.
In sum: a great 1080p projector that is actually smart enough to work on its own without external sticks and boxes, connects to WiFi and Bluetooth and that is small enough not to offend in your living room.